About Michael J. Diver

Michael Diver has built a national practice advising public companies, financial services firms and individuals in securities litigation and regulatory investigations. In these high-stakes matters, Michael's past experience as a branch chief in the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) gives him valuable perspective, and he has a long track record of achieving very favorable results for his clients.

As an Enforcement Division branch chief, Michael managed a team of SEC enforcement attorneys in investigating and prosecuting securities law violations, including matters involving complex financial fraud, market manipulation, insider trading and violations of broker-dealer, investment adviser and investment company regulations.

Applying his government experience in private practice, Michael represents public companies, financial institutions and their individual officers and directors in regulatory matters and civil litigation. With over 20 years of experience, Michael is adept at devising effective defense strategies to address legal risks across a broad spectrum of circumstances. He is often called upon to defend clients that are facing concurrent private actions and regulatory investigations, and to defend against claims involving complex legal or compliance issues.

In addition to handling investigations and litigation, he also regularly advises clients in connection with corporate governance matters, shareholder claims, financial restatements, internal investigations and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) and stock exchange inquiries.

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"A client says: 'He's very effective in helping us to understand how the process works and the kind of tactical plan for how to handle it. He helps steer us on every major decision we have to make.'"

Chambers USA 2019
(Illinois, Litigation: General Commercial) survey response

Practice Focus

  • Securities litigation and enforcement
  • Financial services litigation
  • White-collar and internal investigations
  • Insider trading
  • Broker-dealer regulation
  • Asset management
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Presentations and Events

  • October 15, 2020
    Panelist | Hot Topics in Securities Regulatory Enforcement.
  • January 23, 2020
    Insider Trading Compliance: Trends and Legal Developments Impacting Policies and Procedures
    Presenter | A Strategic-Asset General Counsel Series Webinar
  • October 10, 2019
  • September 18–19, 2019
    Moderator | Navigating Ethics and Professionalism Requirements in Securities Law Practice
  • September 10, 2019
    The Society for Corporate Governance
    Presenter | Trends and Legal Developments Impacting Insider Trading Compliance Policies and Procedures and Rule 10b5-1
  • October 2, 2018
    Financial Services Litigation Symposium
  • September 27, 2018
    Understanding the Securities Laws 2018
    Presenter | Navigating Ethics and Professionalism Requirements
  • September 28, 2017
    Understanding the Securities Laws 2017
    Presenter | Navigating Ethics and Professionalism Requirements
  • June 7, 2017
    PLI Internal Investigations 2017
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